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1 Cosmopolitan Music Society Performance Standards for Ensemble Members Auditions are held annually for all NEW members wishing to join the Cosmopolitan Music Society. The audition process is designed to assess the new members musical ability, and to assist in placing the musician within the correct performing ensemble and to also assist their placement within the ensemble. It is important that members be placed with other players of similar skill. Placements are subject to vacancies within the ensemble. Existing members, who wish to move from one ensemble to another, must also follow the audition process listed below. If you are not sure about your audition piece, please ask the music director for assistance. All Percussion members please refer to the table below. Instrumental Members Please be prepared to play the following: Play all scales at the levels indicated below for the various ensembles. Prepare and play one piece of music that demonstrates your current skill level. (NOTE: Please do not prepare pop music or jazz material for concert band auditions). See Technical Requirements.* We would recommend that you prepare your selection from an etude or study book for your instrument. Visit Bandstand Music to find such material. You will be asked to sight read a number of exercises. Chorus Members Please be prepared to Sing O Canada. You will also be asked to demonstrate your vocal range and sing some sight singing exercises. 1

2 Chorus (all levels) Page 3 Monday Band (advanced) Page 3 Monday Band Percussion Page 10 Tuesday Band (intermediate) Page 3 Tuesday Band Percussion Page 10 Wednesday Band (novice) Page 4 Wednesday Band Percussion Page 10 Beginner+ Band Page 4 Beginner+ Band Percussion Page 11 Absolute Beginner Band Page 4 Absolute Beginner Percussion Page 11 (advanced) Pages 5-8 Bass Page 7 Drums Page 8 Piano Page 6 Vocal Page 8 Wind Page 5 Big Band Page 9 Big Band Drums Page 9 2

3 Description of Group Chorus A mixed chorus for adults who sing at various levels of skill and ability. Focus is on skill development, through a variety of styles of repertoire. Level of Music Technical Requirements Rhythmic Sight-Reading/Singing Beginner to of written music None will be taught None will be taught Intermediate is helpful, although concepts will throughout the year. throughout the year. be taught during theory lessons and rehearsals. Monday Band Wind band for adults who Grade All of the major scales, and a chromatic scale, played over the full range of the instrument in a variety of articulation and rhythm patterns. Tone quality consistent with performing music at this level is essential. *Performance of solo music in the form of solo repertoire, etudes or studies is encouraged. Count and play both simple (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4) and compound (1/8, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, etc.) rhythms. Count and play both regular and compound rhythms associated with the Grade 4-5 level of band literature. Grade music Tuesday Band Wind band for adults who intermediate level Grade 3 4 F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, D, and a chromatic scale, in a variety of patterns. of a variety of articulations and the ability to perform them. Tone quality should reflect the development of a sound, fundamental approach to playing. *Perform a short piece (16-32 bars) that demonstrates skill in rhythm, phrase, and articulation. of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, common time) and compound meters (6/8, 9/8, cut time and common time, etc.). Grade music 3

4 Description of Group Wednesday Band Wind band for adults who play at a novice level Level of Music Technical Requirements Rhythmic Sight-Reading/Singing Grade 2 3 Bb, Eb, Ab, and possibly F major of Grade music scales plus a Bb chromatic scale simple meters and played in a variety of patterns. compound meters. All of slurred, legato players should be able to and marcato articulation styles and read clap and play, whole, the ability to perform them. dotted-half, half, dotted Demonstration of characteristic quarter, quarter, eighth, tone quality for your instrument. dotted eighth, and *Perform a short piece (16-32 sixteenth notes. bars) that demonstrates skill in rhythm, phrase, and articulation. Beginner 2 Wind band with lessons and tutelage have some experience on their instruments Grade Bb concert scale + chromatic scale played with a variety of tongued and slurred articulations. Demonstrate dynamic contrasts while maintaining tone quality. Play with a full sound, characteristic for your instrument. *Perform a short piece (16-32 bars) that demonstrates skill in rhythm, phrase, and articulation. of simple meters. All players should be able to read clap and play, whole, dottedhalf, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, and dotted eighth notes. Grade.5 1 music Beginner Band Lessons and tutelage in wind band instruments for adults who have never played before or who wish to play a new instrument Absolute beginner of written music is helpful, although concepts will be taught during theory lessons and rehearsals. None will be taught throughout the year. None will be taught throughout the year. 4

5 Description of Group Wind Level of Music Grade Technical Requirements F, Bb, Eb, Ab, C, G, D and chromatic scale played in a variety of patterns and articulations. Tone quality should reflect the development of a sound, fundamental approach to playing the instrument. Prepare and play one piece of music that demonstrates your current skill level. *Performance of an excerpt from a Big Band Arrangement or of a piece from a etude or study book. Rhythmic of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4/, 5/4) and compound meters (6/8, 9/8), cut time and common time, etc. A basic of Swing and Latin styles, etc. Improvisational Ability (optional) ability to improvise over a basic chord / scale, 12 bar blues form and standard song form. More importantly is the desire to improvise and create! Sight-Reading/Singing Grade Rhythm Section and Vocals See next pages 5

6 Description of Group Piano Level of Music Grade Technical Requirements F, Bb, Eb, Ab, C, G, D and chromatic scale played in a variety of patterns and articulations. Tone quality should reflect the development of a sound fundamental approach to playing. Rhythmic of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4/. 5/4) and compound meters (6/8.9/8) cut time and common time, etc. A basic and ability with Swing, Latin, Pop and Rock styles of music. Improvisational Ability (optional) ability to improvise over a basic chord / scale, 12 bar blues form and standard song form. More importantly is the desire to improvise and create! Comping and ability to play chords and voicings from chords charts as well as written piano parts. of comping, voicing and accompanying a jazz soloist. Sight-Reading/Singing Grade

7 Description of Group Bass Level of Music Grade Technical Requirements F, Bb, Eb, Ab, C, G, D and chromatic scale played in a variety of patterns and articulations. Tone quality should reflect the development of a sound fundamental approach to playing. The ability to construct bass lines from chords charts as well as written bass lines. Rhythmic of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4/. 5/4) and compound meters (6/8.9/8) cut time and common time, etc. A basic and ability with Swing, Latin, Pop and Rock styles of music. Improvisational Ability (optional) ability to improvise over a basic chord / scale, 12 bar blues form and standard song form. More importantly is the desire to improvise and create! Comping off the role of the bass in a jazz combo as well as in accompanying a jazz soloist. Sight-Reading/Singing Grade

8 Description of Group Drums Level of Music Grade Technical Requirements The ability to play fundamental rudiments. The ability to perform various styles of music Swing, Latin, Pop Rock, Afro Cuban, etc. Rhythmic of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4/. 5/4) and compound meters (6/8.9/8) cut time and common time, etc. A basic and ability with Swing, Latin, Pop and Rock styles of music. Improvisational Ability (optional) ability to improvise over a basic chord / scale, 12 bar blues form and standard song form. More importantly is the desire to improvise and create! Comping of the role of the drums in a jazz combo as well as in accompanying a jazz soloist Sight-Reading/Singing Grade Vocal Grade The ability to sing from written music or have a concept of the same. of simple and compound meters. and ability to sing Swing era music / Standards as well as comfortable with Latin, Pop styles. All styles are on an as needed concert theme basis ability and / or willingness - to improvise in the Latin, afro Cuban and Swing styles of music. NOT critical!! of the role of a singer in the Big Band. Grade

9 Description of Group Big Band Big Band intermediate level Audition Information Audition pieces can be found on the CMS website at: Find the page that is appropriate key and clef for your instrument. You may adjust the ranges as necessary. Be prepared to play all requirements, including blues improvisation. Sight-reading will be completed during the audition. 9

10 Percussion Auditions Monday Band Percussion skills for adults for Grade All 26 rudimentary roles on the snare drum. Read music for tympani and all mallet instruments. Playing knowledge of all concert style percussion accessories. Various swing and rock styles on the drum set. Count and play both simple (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4) and compound (1/8, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, etc.) rhythms. Count and play both regular and compound rhythms associated with the Grade 4-5 level of band literature. Grade music Tuesday Band Percussion skills for adults who play at an intermediate level Grade 3 4 The 7 essential rudiments which include Single Stroke Roll, Multiple Bounce Roll, Double Stroke Open Roll, Five Stroke Roll, Single Paradiddle, Flam, and Drag. Intermediate technique for tympani and mallet instruments and all percussion accessories. of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, common time) and compound meters (such as 6/8, 9/8, 5/4). Grade music Wednesday Band Percussion skills for adults who play at a beginner level. Grade 2 3 Rudimentary technique for the snare drum, concert bass drum, suspended cymbal, crash cymbal, triangle, woodblock, and note reading for mallet instruments, and basic tuning of the tympani. All players should be able to read clap and play, whole, dotted-half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eight and dotted eight notes. Grade music 10

11 Percussion Auditions Beginner Band Percussion skills with lessons and tutelage have some experience ontheir instruments, NOT trap-set drumming Beginner Band No previous percussion skills are required. The focus will be on concert percussion instruments, NOT trap-set drumming See Page 8 Grade Absolute beginner Rudimentary technique for the snare drum, bass drum, suspended and crash cymbals, triangle, claves, wood block, timpani including tuning, and mallets including reading music. None will be taught throughout the year. All players should be able to read clap and play, whole, dotted-half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eight and dotted eight notes. None will be taught throughout the year. Grade.5 1 music None will be taught throughout the year. Big Band See Page 9 11

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